Lauren Kelly Nutritionist

Better Health, Better Food, Better You

~Lemon Orzo with Pine Nuts~

on July 5, 2012

This is one of my favorite side dishes.  It’s quick and easy, healthy and goes with just about any entree.   It’s light, super flavorful and the looks pretty fancy 🙂

My kids don’t love it too lemony, so sometimes I only zest one lemon. Personally for me, the more lemon the better. The toasted pine nuts add a great crunchy texture.  Jeez, whenever I make this I always remember how much I LOVE pine nuts.  Especially toasted pine nuts.  But I digress….

Ok, now on to the recipe.  Check out how EASY this is….

Lemon Orzo


1 box of orzo

1 Tablespoon grapeseed oil

2 lemons, zested

juice of 1/2 lemon

1/4 cup of fresh parsley

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

1 Tablespoon toasted pine nuts

salt and pepper

1 Tablespoon parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. Cook orzo in salted water according to package.
  2. Drain well. Do not run under water.
  3. In a small bowl, mix lemon juice and olive oil.
  4. Transfer orzo to serving bowl, add garlic, drizzle with oil and lemon juice and season with salt & pepper.
  5. Add lemon zest, pine nuts and parsley and toss.  Top with parmesan cheese if desired.  Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 1 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 211    Calories from Fat 39
Total Fat 4.4g
Cholesterol 1mg
Sodium 14mg
Total Carbohydrates 35.8g
Dietary Fiber 1.9g
Sugars 2.6g
Protein 6.5g

*Nutritional information provided by, not 100% guaranteed accurate


2 responses to “~Lemon Orzo with Pine Nuts~

  1. Looks wonderful! I love orzo pasta, yet I never make it! Crazy!! This looks just amazing!

  2. Lesley says:

    I love orzo and it is great alongside any main entree!

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